EEG Neurofeedback Overview

Recently, I was asked to contribute to a chapter on EEG Neurofeedback for a text on Psychiatry and Alternative Medicine to be published by the American Psychiatric Association Press.  Since I had promised in my last blog to write more about EEG feedback, I have decided to post the chapter contribution here. NEUROFEEDBACK IN A PSYCHIATRIC PRACTICE […]

Psychiatry Keeps Moving–New Science, New Thinking

Some recent readings I have come across…demonstrate that conceptual changes are always on the horizon. Two new areas of thinking about depression are emerging from basic and clinical research on brain inflammation and ketamine, an NMDA receptor antagonist. To my mind, the most revolutionary change concerns brain inflammation and depression. A different direction in biological psychiatry and depression comes from the numerous recent studies pointing to Ketamine’s rapid antidepressant effect.

Neurofeedback WORKS–How?

EEG Biofeedback (Neurofeedback) is effective for patients suffering a wide-range of conditions from the frankly physical (examples: seizures, traumatic brain injury and strokes) to the psychological (anxiety, sleep disorders, mood disorders) and the in-between (Attention Deficit Disorder, Migraine and other Headaches, Fibromyalgia). I won’t review the extensive efficacy literature in this blog post, except to […]

Biofeedback, Head Trauma, and Neuroplasticity

Four topics for today’s post, links to two videos, report of ground breaking research on neuroplasticity and EEG biofeedback,  and a note on the limits of ADHD stimulant medication.  The sources are far-flung, but they have in common support for the widely misunderstood value of Neurofeedback. First, I am posting a link to a video […]

4 new studies: EFAs May Protect Against Dementia Too

The American Psychiatric Association has called attention to two very recently published articles that extend the growing literature on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.  One article, to be published in the prestigious journal Neurology (presently on-line), is a well-controlled comparison of various nutritional supplements as protection against the accumulation of dementia-associated complex proteins. Another, […]

More on the Genetic Factors in ADHD, the Autism Spectrum

ADHD is an invisible disability that is largely non-psychiatric–though it has life-long psychological sequellae for those who grow up with it.  As I noted in a blog entry November 21, 2010, evidence is growing that genetic factors are strongly involved in the complex syndrome we nowadays call Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  Many genetic factors […]

More on Electro-Magnetic Radiation and Cell Phones

Below I have posted a round up of stories on the recent news  from WHO on the increased risk of gliomas tied to heavy cell phone use. This issue is obviously still completely unsettled. As I have written before, I have no doubt about the effect of low energy electro-magnetic  (E-M) radiation on the human […]